Wednesday, February 22, 2006

Dwindling Orbiters

NASA is planning to cannibalize the oldest shuttle orbiter, Atlantis, for parts to keep the other two orbiters flying for the last two years of their service (2008-10). I have a strange feeling that the replacement won't be ready by the time they reach the end of life. Having worked on legacy hardware, I have seen second-hand the nightmares that can be caused trying to find parts for what in the computer age is ancient hardware. And with the overhaul sidelining it anyway, perhaps parts-doner is a fitting end to a long serving bird.

I do find myself wondering at what point we will admit that the "International Space Station" isn't going to be finished.

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